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UCSF Turns to Targeted Treatments to Boost Brain Tumor Survival in Children

May 18, 2010

Targeted therapies tailored to the unique biology of brain tumors may offer renewed hope to children diagnosed with the number one cause of cancer death, according to faculty at UCSF Children's Hospital. An estimated 4,030 new cases of brain and central nervous system tumors in ...
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Breakthrough Method Predicts Risk of Invasive Breast Cancer

April 28, 2010

For the first time, scientists have discovered a way to predict whether women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - the most common form of non-invasive breast cancer - are at risk of developing more invasive tumors in later years. As a result of the ...
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Some HPV Infection May Be Linked to Increased Risk of HIV Acquisition in Women

April 9, 2010

UCSF researchers have found a novel association between human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and increased HIV acquisition in women. The study team also identified specific types of HPV associated with HIV infection, suggesting a biological basis for HIV transmission to women. "The finding is not conclusive ...
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Flame Retardants, PCBs, and Pesticides Found in Blood of Young Girls

March 18, 2010

Banned chemicals -- present in amounts higher than levels found in recent years in US adults -- are turning up in the blood of young girls being studied in California and Ohio. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, UCSF and the California Department of Public ...
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US Launches Novel Clinical Trial to Rapidly Screen Promising Drugs for Breast Cancer Patients

March 18, 2010

A unique national clinical trial for breast cancer -- novel in its design, collaborative scope, and ability to serve as a prototype for many other diseases -- gets underway this week at UCSF. Called I-SPY 2, (an acronym for "Investigation of Serial Studies to Predict ...
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Blocking Cancer in Its Path: New Cellular Defect Discovered

March 16, 2010

UCSF researchers have discovered that a key cellular defect that disturbs the production of proteins in human cells can lead to cancer susceptibility. The scientists also found that a new generation of inhibitory drugs offers promise in correcting this defect. According to the study team, ...